Quick Facts

  • Officially The Slovak Republic
  • Declared Independence with Czech Republic on January 1st, 1993 in the Velvet Divorce
  • Capital city is Bratislava
  • Divided into Eight Krajov (regions)
  • Official language:  Slovak
  • Major religions – Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Greek Catholic
  • Population – 5,445,324
  • Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union and the OECD.
  • Literacy Rate: 99.6%
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

President: Ivan Gašparovič

Prime Minister: Iveta Radičová

Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate – 6.47 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Maternal mortality rate – 6 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Life expectancy – 76.03 years
  • Health expenditure – 8.5% GDP
  • Physician density ratio – 3/1000
  • Hospital bed density – 6.56/1000
  • HIV – less than 0.1%
  • Infectious disease risk – Low
  • Infectious diseases – Tickborne encephalitis (TBE), tuberculosis, and H5N1 Avian Flu Virus
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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